Seo Dong-cheol (55), head coach of professional basketball team Suwon KT, put the meaning of a ‘test stand’ in the match against Anyang KGC. Although they are currently on a 5-game winning streak, it meant that if they failed to overcome the wall of the leading KGC, the preceding trend could be greatly disrupted. Director Seo said, “If I win even today, my morale will rise a lot and my confidence will increase very much.
KT, who had been running 5 consecutive victories before the game, was also on a high flight of 4 consecutive victories. Moreover, it was also the opponent who lost all three times this season. If KGC lost and the streak was put on hold again, there was a high possibility that KT’s uptrend would also sharply decline. This was the reason why coach Seo described the KGC match as a ‘test bed’.
As a result, KT’s recent 5-game winning streak was unstoppable even against the leader KGC. KT defeated KGC 85-83 in the 메이저놀이터 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot professional basketball away game held at Anyang Indoor Gymnasium on the 6th. It put the brakes on 1st place KGC’s 5-game winning streak, and instead ran Pajuk’s 6-game winning streak. The recent momentum also worked against the leading KGC.
Even at the beginning of the first quarter, KGC’s momentum was very strong, but in the second quarter, KT completely took over the atmosphere. After overturning the game 29-28 with Lester Prosper’s 3-point shot, KT never lost the lead.
Hee-Won Han stood up against KGC’s fearsome trend in the early stages by scoring 13 points alone, and from the 2nd quarter, other players Hong-Seok Yang added their efforts. While Han Hee-won scored 18 points, the most on the team, including 4 3-pointers, Yang Hong-seok also scored 16 points and 10 rebounds by making all 3 3-pointers. Jarrod Jones also added 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Ha Yoon-gi added 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Head coach Seo Dong-cheol, who had promised victory before the game by saying, “I have to win today,” sighed in relief after the game. Coach Seo said, “I won a valuable one,” and said, “I’ve been winning streaks because of my recent performance. I was really desperate to win today’s game to keep the good atmosphere going. I won a valuable one, and I’m going to have a streak.”
“The players and myself have gained confidence that we can show a little better performance if we don’t be vigilant in future games,” he said. “I and the players have to maintain a good atmosphere. Don’t be vigilant and don’t get excited.”
KT, who won that day, recorded 13 wins and 15 losses, chasing Goyang Carrot and Jeonju KCC (above 14 wins and 15 losses) by half a game. On the other hand, leader KGC, which recently had a 4-game winning streak, recorded 20 wins and 9 losses, narrowing the gap with second place Changwon LG to 3 games. Manager Kim Sang-sik couldn’t hide his regret, saying, “I allowed too many goals to the opponent’s domestic players. There were too many errors that I couldn’t even throw a shot at the timing of chasing. That was a loss.”